What your garden isn’t telling you (but you can learn)!

Photo The Soil Food Web retrieved from: Soil Biology Primer; http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/health/biology/ [June 30, 2021]; authors: Elaine R. Ingham, Andrew R. Moldenke, Oregon State University, Clive A. Edwards, The Ohio State University; Illustrations: Nancy K. Marshall, Marshall Designs By …

A Wet Habitat Garden Project at Albrin Lake Park

Wet garden area – all photos by Debbie Innes by Debbie Innes, Master Gardener Debbie Innes has been the primary volunteer caretaker of Albrin Lake Park since 1999. From the beginning Debbie has been supported in her work …

The Changing Garden

By Fran Wershler, Master Gardener Ever wonder why a garden that seems great in spring in June either softens its tone to a monotony of soft colour, a big green place, or becomes a great splash of bright …

On Mixing Native and Non-Native

by Linda Dietrick (l.dietrick@uwinnipeg.ca), Master Gardener Above photo – Painted lady on Zizia aurea – all photos- Linda Dietrick When I give presentations about the New Perennialist style in landscape design, I always make a pitch for including …

Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) By Sharon Gray, Master Gardener in Training The black swallowtail butterfly is one of the most beautiful butterflies to be found here in Manitoba. Female swallowtails, identified by larger, …

Oh! For Peat’s Sake!

“File:Schultz Sphagnum Peat Moss.jpg” by Ragesoss is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 By Liz Sellors, Master Gardener It’s spring! Gardening advertisements are bombarding us! Like this one : “Peat is a natural product, sustainably harvested. Environmentally friendly. Our …

Book Review – A Scientific Approach to Companion Planting

Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden , Jessica Walliser: (Storey Publishing, 2020). ISBN 978-1635861334 Book Review by Linda Dietrick Companion planting was popularized in the 1970s by two books: Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses …

Master Gardeners Partnering with the St. Vital Agricultural Society

Master Gardeners Partnering with the St Vital Agricultural Society Year 2020 – Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary By Karen Fontaine, Master Gardener What was to be a year of celebrations turned out to be one of postponements and cancellations due …

Herbal Tea Gardens

By Doris Mae Oulton, Master Gardener in Training Inspired by the presentation that Getty Stewart made at the Herb Society of Manitoba on herbal teas, I decided to turn part of my garden into an herbal tea garden. …

Book review – The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape Designing for beauty & biodiversity in the home garden. Authors: Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy Publisher: Timber Press, 2014 Book review by Derek Yarnell, Master Gardener In my humble opinion Douglas Tallamy is a bona-fide …